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I hope the lawsuit by Mark Melrose against the Haywood County School System has its day in court, and was…

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Amidst a raucous crowd of nearly 600 runners — and probably just as many spectators — a couple of Saturday…

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Tuition just got significantly cheaper at Western Carolina University, and as long as the legislature keeps its promises to fill…

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Most of Europe’s aristocracy didn’t think the infant United States would last a decade, and…

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As they say, the devil is in the details, and in this case the details are simply ridiculous. A bill…

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 “What really shaped me was doing all of those community programs and talks, where you could really make a connection…

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I don’t know what to tell my children, so I don’t tell them anything. Not yet anyway. It is the…

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When next week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News hits the streets Wednesday, June 15, my youngest will be a…

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Over this past Memorial Day weekend I found myself reading essays and columns about freedom, about military men and women…

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Haywood County Schools has been a part of my life for 24 years now — as a journalist, the husband…

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The last couple of years have brought a sea change in attitudes about marijuana. I’m convinced pot will be legal…

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I’ve been observing something for years — though recently it has snowballed  — and it has always struck me as…

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It’s not the 1960s in terms of political activism, but recent episodes at Western Carolina University and across the country…

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“I feel like a one-legged man at an ass kicking. They don’t care for me because I call them out.…

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When we reported that Mountain Discovery Charter School and Swain County commissioners were working together to hopefully build a gymnasium,…

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By Julie Schroer • Guest Columnist As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I want you to hang in…

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To the Editor: I won’t be voting for Michele Presnell, but it seems silly for this newspaper and local elected…

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“The arts are so incredibly vital to a quality of life, smart business and the health of a community. The…

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Let the campaign to unseat Rep. Michele Presnell begin. During her two terms in office Presnell has been an obstructionist…

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When small towns think and act big, amazing things can happen. Anyone who has traveled has come across communities that…

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With the North Carolina primary election just days away on March 15, Donald Trump continues his march toward the Republican…

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Sometimes I forget why I love it so much. The truth is that newspaper work is partly satisfying, partly frustrating.…

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Who you going to trust, Apple or Uncle Sam? By deciding not to obey a court order to unlock the…

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Maybe North Carolina will be a shining star of a state working to resolve petty partisanship, and maybe it won’t. …

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It’s a fundamental question and voters will be the ultimate arbiters: is North Carolina spending adequately on education? The short…

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By John Sanderson • Guest Columnist I have hesitated to make a comment about this issue, because I know personally…

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Former county commissioner, mayor and longtime Haywood County political player/observer Mary Ann Enloe was dead on in her column last…

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I was in my early twenties before I knew what I wanted to do with my life. My son, Jack,…

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The idea to start handing out annual spoof awards instead of the traditional year-in-review that most newspapers do was the…

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If there was ever a time in recent memory when Haywood County leaders and its citizens need reminding that they…

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Sometimes in the world of journalism, the story becomes more about the reaction than the original news event. By my…

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“OK, everybody, huddle up, huddle up!” But nobody really seems to want to huddle up. Our point guard is standing…

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I’m not running for office and never will, but as a citizen of Haywood County and Western North Carolina and…

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While I was living in Elizabethtown in southeastern North Carolina in 1988, Walmart opened a brand-new store. Most everyone was…

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So much going on locally and around the world that it’s just a tough week to bear down on a…

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When terrorism strikes like it did this weekend in Paris, the first reaction to the horror is shock from the…

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Hindsight is indeed 20-20, and this time Haywood County commissioners very likely saw things exactly as they should have. The…

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Somewhere at this very moment, a political science major is writing a dissertation on why young people these days are…

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Jackson County commissioners are going to pass a smart steep slope ordinance that will help as this region shakes off…

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I sincerely hope Waynesville citizens support Mayor Gavin Brown for reelection. Municipal elections carry more import than most people realize.…

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“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point,…

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If we are ever going to have any hope of stemming the bloody tide of mass shootings — which happens…

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Just a few more dollars, that’s all. When you get your car fixed or a new dishwasher installed, now you’ll…

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This is one tradition that could just die and I don’t think many will care. I’m talking about the recently…

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With the right leadership, it can happen. If the national and regional economy continues chugging along for another few years…

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“So, you’re a band parent, huh? Boy, is your life about to change.” My wife and I heard that a…

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Recently released figures on the impact of tourism in Western North Carolina are encouraging. More visitors are spending more money,…

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Some of them arrive four or five days early, packed up and just sitting there on the Haywood County Fairgrounds…

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I was watching my son’s soccer game last night and the old Al Stewart tune, “Time Passages,” kept running through…

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